1 The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook is Brent and Josh's first cookbook, featuring favorite family recipes. There are many blank pages for personal notes, so that new ideas can be passed down to the next generation.
2 Fruits and vegetables from their own garden are featured in the cookbook in painterly displays. Photo by Paulette Tavormina
3 Here are Josh and Brent at their farm with some of their beloved goats. Photo courtesy of Beekman 1802
4 The house, originally built by William Beekman in 1802, is a Georgian Palladiun style. It is more than 5,000 square feet and the property is nearly 60 acres.
5 A stunning view from the back porch—the farm is located in Mohawk Valley, in between the Adirondack Mountains and the Catskill Mountains.
6 The Mohawk Valley played a key role during the French and Indian Wars, as it provided a passageway to the Great Lakes.
7 The house, itself, had been restored partially by the previous owners and then by Josh and Brent. The dining room table was built by Brent and presented to Josh on his 40th birthday.
8 This is a terrarium made by their blacksmith, Michael McCarthy, and is a scale replica of the Beekman house. More of Michael's work can be found at the Beekman shop.
9 Brent feels there is a strong possibility that ghosts are present in the house. 'Mary,' carved into one of the original floorboards, is a favorite topic of discussion among ghost hunters, who visit this old structure.
10 The interior decor is styled with a modern-meets-vintage eclecticism, mixing old and new pieces together.
11 This ornate and once-gilded mirror, has been painted a modern, flat orange and is the focal point of the living room.
12 Brent and Josh have filled their home with historical objects, referencing the time period and the location of the house.
13 A period map of the United States
14 And an old map of the town of Sharon
15 They especially love to collect books written in the early 1800s.
16 A new piece by a local artisan - The intricate design on this vase was made by pressing strands of goat hair into the clay before the first firing. The hair burns off leaving singed markings. The piece was then glazed and fired again.
17 This antique 'square' piano is in excellent condition and sits prominently in the music room.
18 It has such beautiful mother-of-pearl inlay and original ivory keys!
19 The previous owners of Beekman 1802 took great care to restore as much of the original detail as possible.
20 For example, they installed this fantastic banister, all carved from one single piece of wood.
21 Brent and Josh have added their own charming touches, like this gaggle of geese poised in the upstairs hallway.
22 The four guest bedrooms in this five bedroom house, each have their own unique style.
23 This piece of folk art is made from dried beans and is displayed in an elaborate frame.
24 In the master bedroom, silver candelabras and bowls are grouped together on an antique table.
25 This finial used to sit atop a building.
26 Another guest bedroom, dubbed the Flower Room, began with the existing floral wallpaper.
27 The mantle features a pair of unique painted metal flower sculptures.
28 They complement the table lamps quite nicely.
29 In Josh's writing room, old portraits hang for inspiration.
30 Each room has bits of history.
31 Brent said he and Josh found this metal bed on sale for five dollars!
32 The attic reveals the true structure of the house. These large hand-hewn beams are held together by wooden pegs.
33 Each length of wood was hewn to a perfect fit. Carved Roman numerals marked the beams so that the correct pieces were matched together.
34 This photo hangs in the attic depicting what the interior looked like before restoration. The structure sat empty for nearly fifty years. Looks a little scary and a bit abused!
35 And speaking of scary - the property also features a crypt! If a house occupant died during the winter, when the ground was frozen, his or her body was kept in the crypt until burial was possible in the spring.
36 The crypt was built into the side of a hill to shield the entrance from snow buildup. Actual human bones, found on the farm, have been placed between the stones of the crypt.
37 The Beekman family headstones and some other bones have been moved from outside and placed in the crypt. Brent pointed out a jawbone and tooth, possibly from a Beekman family member or from one of their servants.
38 Brent read aloud the inscriptions of some of the headstones that included the causes of death, such as 'a sleigh going over him.'
39 Up the hill from the crypt are the paddocks where the goats graze and exercise.
40 Windspire, a vertical axis windmill, helps provide natural wind power to the farm. The winds in this area of the Mohawk Valley average ten miles per hour, making a windmill very functional.
41 Next to the barn is a large wood pile for the numerous fireplaces inside the house.
42 Behind the wood pile is where the two pigs live.
43 They are definitely not shy and hop up to greet everyone walking by!
44 When not outside, this is where the goats live. All of the kids born in the spring are sectioned off in one pen of the barn.
45 Goats are very curious and social.
46 Goats, like horses, cattle, and deer, have horizontal pupils, which grant them superior depth perception.
47 It's mating season for goats and this pen contained all the females in heat and one male. Gestation period is about five months, so any females impregnated now will give birth in early spring.
48 Males drag their beard through their own urine to attract females, so you can imagine how musky it smelled in here!
49 Chance, another stud, was taking a break from his duties.
50 Both male and female goats have beards.
51 All of their goats are tagged, in case they wander off.
52 Easily identified amongst the goats is PolkaSpot, the llama. Like goats, llamas are incredibly social and curious creatures. PolkaSpot has never been shy around a camera!
53 PolkaSpot, like many llamas are very protective of goats.
54 They also keep several barn cats, who quell the rodent population.
55 Michael Whaling, artist and friend, built the rock wall that surrounds the garden from local stones. He also wrote a book on the process, called The Garden Wall at Beekman Farm.
56 He included many details, like inset birdbaths.
58 Because it's the end of the growing season, white sheets cover some frames to protect from early frost. The raised garden beds extend the gardening season because the soil in them warms up faster than the ground.
59 Red and golden raspberries were still growing and were very sweet off the vine.
60 The garden flourishes in the spring, as shown in this photo courtesy of Beekman 1802.
61 Brent and Josh eat everything grown at their farm. They also sell some produce, goat's milk soap, goat cheese, and other products at their shop in town. Photo courtesy of Beekman 1802